My Adventure with Human Design

My name is Joan Friedlander, sometimes known as Raven. I’ve been “experimenting” with and learning about what it is to live as a Generator for 8-plus years. It has been quite an adventure, one that has taken me in directions I never imagined for myself. I have found it to be both confronting and liberating.

Photo by Robin James Weeks, Sedona, AZ

I had always felt a pull towards living in harmony with and trusting life. That was definitely not my heritage, but this yearning lived in me. Through this education, through learning how to tune into my own authority, I have been able to do what I was already drawn to: to let go of the reins and live more in flow.

On Creativity and Movement and Response

In 2013 I moved to Sedona, Arizona to live on my own for a while (3 years as it turns out), essentially taking a deep dive into the education, and a developing a new relationship with myself. It was joyous. A few months after arriving, I started shooting and producing videos for a couple of Human Design teachers in the area. For 2 of those years I was completely immersed in the creation of the Human Design Unleashed video and web show project with John Martin. That engagement came to an end and then I was in a pause “moment,” 18 months of pause to be exact! I moved to Colorado to rejoin my husband and my energy tanked.

That’s when I learned just how important Place is to someone with an open G center. (Right place, right people, wrong place wrong people, even if you’re married to them!) I’m back in Arizona, currently splitting my time between Sedona and Phoenix – until the next mutation! Talk about a return in the energy…night and day. For a short moment in time I joined forces with Serena Castillo. We had a lot of fun creating our own Human Design video project, Human Design Destination Unknown. Then that mutated! And now, in this now, I’m back working with John Martin once again.


Since 2001 I’ve been coaching “atypical” business owners and professionals, brilliant people who came to realized that they couldn’t build a successful business – or career – doing things the way everyone else does. The more I engage with Human Design, the more I see how useful a tool it is for helping my clients make healthy decisions for their business and their life, learning to trust their inner guidance.

You’ve given me so many tools over the many years we’ve worked together. Being able to tune in, take the time I need to make good decisions – and trust how I feel about things – has been priceless.” ~ Owner, Fee-Only Financial Advisory Firm


Human Design Keynotes

A 6/2 Profile (Role Model/Hermit)
Pure Generator
Left angle Cross of the Clarion

I carry 2 channels, the 35/57 (self-empowered survival through response) and the 17/62 (an organizational being) … here to shock people ready to be shocked with the details of her inspiration and intuitive knowing. I’m told mine is such a gentle shock that you might not know what hit you until later.

I don’t know if I should love your or hate you for sharing this information with me. ~ S.D